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Old 02-12-2009
Jamwhite Jamwhite is offline
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Default Holding water in the dolphin kick

About two weeks ago, while I was doing a 200 IM and in the butterfly, my feet were suddenly holding water. Each kick really pushed me along. I noticed the sensation but stupidly continued my IM instead of trying to replicate it.

Since then, I have not been able to replicated that feeling. I have been experimenting with everything that I can think of try and hold water with my feet, but so far I have not been able to repeat this.

It seems, from experimenting, like I might have allowed me feet to break the surface tension and in the downstroke I was pushing against it, but I am not sure.

Does anyone know about holding water in the dolphin kick, or where there is a reference or drill about how to do it?

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Old 02-12-2009
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I'm not sure if I've ever heard of holding water in dolphin ,I could be wrong. However maybe your kicks at that moment were right in sync with your undulations and just at the right speed and for that moment it just felt right. Try swimming easy fly with concentrating on how your body motions and undulations send the motion to your legs without TRYING to kick .Think of chest and hips motion and maybe you will get that feeling again.

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Old 02-13-2009
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Does anyone know about holding water in the dolphin kick, or where there is a reference or drill about how to do it?
I'd suggest experimenting with body dolphins and "ride the wave" drills. As the ripple created by your body dophin reaches your toes, there will be a natural toe flick, but focus on making this flick more deliberate, without changing its timing.


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Old 02-16-2009
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I think I know which feeling you're talking about.
I sometimes have a similar feeling when I only focus on the feeling I get from my feet. IfI sue the first underwater dolphins to really concentrate on that it helps. However, I've realized the downside of this is that my motion gradually becomes more leg oriented.
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